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An Bras Dermatol. 2011 Mar-Apr;86(2):352-4.

Molluscum contagiosum on tattoo.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

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  • 1Departamento de Dermatologia, Hospital das Clínicas, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil. lumolina35@hotmail.com


Molluscum contagiosum is a disease caused by a poxvirus characterized by benign self-limited eruption of single or multiple cutaneous spherical and pearly papules. Transmission usually occurs by direct contact with infected hosts. It is reported the case of a 22-year-old Caucasian male who presented characteristic pearly and umbilicated papules strictly located on the region of a tattoo. Histopathologic exam confirmed the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum. The authors describe an uncommomn manifestation of dissemination of this virus in tattoos and also present a literature review emphasizing the transmission pathways and treatment of Molluscum contagiosum.

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